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Entrance mats are an essential item for any business. They stop dirt and moisture from being tracked inside your building, keeping your workplace clean and professional-looking. They also make cleaning and maintenance much easier. They're essential for any commercial premises, especially customer-facing businesses like shops and restaurants.
No matter what your workplace does, you’ll need a quality entrance mat. They stop dirt from being tracked into your workplace while giving front-of-house areas a professional, hygienic look. This helps reduce the amount of maintenance and cleaning needed and generally makes your workplace feel much cleaner and brighter.
Most entrance mats are designed for indoor use. They go just inside the door and let staff and customers wipe their feet as soon as they step over the door threshold. These mats shouldn’t be placed outside as they aren’t designed to absorb lots of water. They’re mainly used for offices, shops, and restaurants as they stop dirt from being tracked into your building. This makes the floors look cleaner, which in turn makes your workplace much brighter and more welcoming.
While most entrance mats can hold a lot of dirt, they will still need cleaning from time to time or they’ll start to look grubby. Not all entrance mats are the same, though – some are designed to pull the dirt down to the bottom of the mat pile, meaning they look cleaner for longer. If you have an entrance mat that you want to make part of your workplace décor – which you probably will if you’re a customer-facing business – this is important to look out for. Some – such as these Monotone entrance mats – are available in several vibrant colours that can complement your brand colour schemes.
Most of these mats are suitable for use inside as well as outside. This means they’re safe for use inside most industrial environments to protect flooring, or to stop the floor from becoming slippery when wet. When it comes to these mats, appearance doesn’t matter so much, so you may want an all-rubber mat that offers maximum durability. Rubber mats offer more grip and aren’t affected by abrasions or oil spills, so they can cope with extreme industrial environments.
If you want to put an entrance mat outside, you’ll want to make sure it can hold a lot of water. This will help it cope with heavy rainfall. You should also make sure it has a non-slip rubber grip to help it stay securely fitted to the floor in high wind. Nitrile rubber makes for the best backing – it grips the floor securely, but it also keeps its shape. This is really important, as it means the mat won’t curl upwards over time. If your entrance mat curls upwards, it’s much easier for the wind to get beneath it and lift it up.
Outdoor mats are commonly used in open-air areas like garden centres. They can also be used on high streets to welcome customers into ships, hotels, and restaurants, either instead of or as well as an indoor entrance mat.
Not all mats are made of the same material because many are designed for different environments. An entrance mat for a shop will have to be very different from a mat designed for a factory floor, for example. Customer-facing businesses should consider how their mats look after repeated use and how often they’ll have to clean them, so they’ll want a nicely-coloured high-twist nylon mat that traps dirt and doesn’t look grubby after it’s been used. If you want an anti-fatigue mat for a warehouse, you’ll want something tough rather than stylish, so a rubber surface will likely be better.
As we mentioned above, you’ll need a non-slip backing to make sure your mat doesn’t slide around. This is important for any business – you never want people tripping or losing their footing on your mat.
Mats are designed to scrape off any dirt or moisture from a user’s feet before they enter a building. Their ability to do this depends on the texture of their material. If you know that people who enter your building tend to have very muddy feet, you’ll want something with a waffle pattern like the Water Horse mats. These mats have an increased surface area and are really effective at scraping off lots of dirt. If you’re in an urban area, this won’t be as important, so you’re free to choose a standard mat.
Any mat will need cleaning every once in a while. It’s much more convenient to do this if you can just put it in the washing machine, so make sure your mat is machine-washable.